Ricca Terra Bullets Before Cannonballs 2020
A blend of tempranillo, lagrein, aglianico and shiraz, percentages unknown, but I'm assuming the former is dominant as it's full of red licorice and cola, with v-shaped tannins (that start with some volume and then taper to a precise end point). This just works. Plump, fleshy, very savoury, with some meaty reduction adding to its shape alongside charred radicchio bitterness on the finish; yet its core is all juicy, ripe fruit.
Jane Faulkner - Halliday's Wine Companion
The Ricca Terra StoryIn 2003, Ashley & Holly Ratcliff purchased their first vineyard in Barmera, South Australia. Their vision was to plant, nurture and make wine from grape varieties that were best suited to Australia’s warm and dry climate. Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot quickly made way for Nero d’Avola, Montepulciano, Tinta Barroca, Fiano, Vermentino and many other Mediterranean grape varieties. Ashley & Holly's vision became reality and in 2019, Ricca Terra was awarded a five star rating in the 2020 James Halliday Wine Companion and also listed in the Top 10 upcoming wineries in Australia. The secret behind Ricca Terra’s premium wines is to use grape varieties that are better suited to the warm and dry climatic conditions of the Riverland. The implementation of viticulture practices that strive for quality, practices such as crop thinning, hand pruning and hand harvesting. Ricca Terra is recognised for its innovation, leadership and vision, which helps contribute to the future reputation and excitement of Australian Wine. Winner of the Gourmet Traveller Viticulturist of the Year, we have challenged tradition and forged lasting change with our vineyards & wines.
Why's this wine for you?
Boom! That came out of nowhere! Who could have expected a blend of lesser-known Mediterranean grape varieties from Riverland in South Australia would cause such a splash with the critics? If you like Spanish wine, Italian wine, or even just good South Aussie red, this one is for you. Bullets Before Cannonballs, a blend of Tempranillo, Lagrein, Aglianico and Shiraz was crafted to ‘shout a statement', as winemaker and owner of Ricca Terra Ashley Ratcliff said. Mediterranean varieties can produce premium wines in this country. It’s a statement that’s certainly been validated as 95 points from the Halliday Wine Companion shows. Crunchy, savoury and oh so fragrant. Must. Not. Resist.
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